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Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Private Tour - Ephesus, the Temple of Artemis, Sirince

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Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Private Tour - Ephesus, the Temple of Artemis, Sirince

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Overview

Marvel at ancient ruins of Ephesus, after your cruise ship docks during this 5-hour privately guided shore excursion from Kusadasi port. With the full attention of an expert guide you will explore the remnants of this fascinating archaeological site. Observe well-maintained street, baths and temples, shops, and visit the Library of Celsus and Great Theatre too. See one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Temple of Artemis. Plus, taste fruit wine in the charming hill town of Şirince.
  • Explore Ephesus, the best-preserved classical city in the eastern Mediterranean
  • Marvel at highlights such as the Library of Celsus, Great Theatre and Roman baths
  • Enjoy personalized attention from a private guide on this shore excursion
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
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Port pickup and drop-off
Transport by private, air-conditioned minivan
Professional guide
Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy
Gratuities
Food and drinks, unless specified
Entrance fees
Kusadasi Port
Disembark your ship at Kusadasi port and meet your guide and air-conditioned minivan for your shore excursion to Ephesus and the Temple of Artemis. Begin with a half-hour drive north along the Aegean sea and discover Ephesus.

Here, hop out in Ephesus and begin a walking tour with your guide. Observe Greco-Roman architecture as you enter through Magnesia Gate. Then, listen to your guide tell your about the history of this prominent 2nd century BC Roman Capital in Asia Minor.

Continue along marble covered roads and leisurely pass Roman baths and forgotten shops. Reach Odeon, Temple of Hadrian and Fountain of Trajan and snap great photos. Then, head to the famous Library of Celsus and visit the Great Theatre which once held 25,000 spectators. Hear how St. Paul once preached sermons to thousands of people or assembled here.

Next, explore one of the Seven Wonder of the Ancient World, the Temple of Artemis which is signified by its restored column. Admire this remarkable temple from 550 BC which was reconstructed on three separate occasions before it was destroyed in 401 AD.

Afterward, take a short drive up to the charming hillside town that sits atop Ephesus - Şirince. With your guide, learn about traditional Turkish life as you walk through this once Greek settlement. See delightful cobbled streets lined with craft shops and food stalls. Stop to taste some delicious fruit wine at a winery, a local specialty.

Finally, hop back into your minivan and return to the cruise port where your tour finishes.

Special note: On the day of your tour, the order of each activity visited above may be modified.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:Don’t worry, this tour guarantees you will get back to Kusadasi cruise port! In the unlikely event that your ship has disembarked, we will organize transportation to the next port-of call. Plus, you can book worry free. If by chance your ship is delayed to arrive and you cannot attend the tour, we will refund your money. See our terms and conditions for full details.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Ancient City of Ephesus
When your cruise ship arrives in Kusadasi, meet your private guide at the port and set off in your air-conditioned minivan to begin your shore excursion. After about 30 minutes, arrive at Ephesus and enter this stunningly preserved Greco-Roman site via the Magnesia Gate. Then, walk with your knowledgeable guide around this once-bustling city, and hear how it was once the capital of the Roman Empire in Asia Minor, and enjoyed a golden age in around 2nd century BC. Follow the marble-paved streets past the shells of shops and Roman baths, and see the remains of the Odeon, Fountain of Trajan and Temple of Hadrian, the Library of Celsus and the Great Theatre. Continue to the nearby site of the Temple of Artemis, built in around 550 BC and one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Then, visit Sirince, a pretty hill village perched above Ephesus. This former Greek settlement is known for its wine and crafts, and offers a charming glimpse into rural Turkish life.
Duration: 6 hours 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
The Temple of Artemis
Visit the site of one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Sirince
Taste the famous fruit wines of this pretty village
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 4 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • It is highly recommended that you wear comfortable clothes and shoes
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Fez Travel
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Private Tour - Ephesus, the Temple of Artemis, Sirince?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Private Tour - Ephesus, the Temple of Artemis, Sirince.

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star-4
A great day out
Nigel_W
, Oct 2019
Erman, our guide, was excellent, and he made our visit to Ephesus an outstanding experience. We also visited Sirince, which was delightful, and not at all busy when we were there. We anticipated lunching at one of the lovely restaurants there, but instead were whisked away to one of those places that caters en masse for visitors, which was very disappointing. Erman offered to show us a local pottery and Turkish Delight emporium, but it had been a very hot day at Ephesus, so we contented ourselves with stopping at the Temple of Artemis before returning to our ship. Apart from lunch, the organisation of the day was excellent.
star-5
Great tour
Jean_F
, Jul 2019
We had a wonderful tour that included Ephesus and Sirince and the Temple of Artemis. Our tour guide Begu was great and provided a very entertaining description of the sights in Ephesus, lots of information but not boring. We saw a coffee making demo and rug making demo then had a delicious lunch. This was our first time in Turkey and we thoroughly enjoyed it thanks to Begu.
star-5
Excellent tour
John_R
, Jun 2019
This was a top notch tour from beginning to end. Picked us up at the exact time we requested. Our guide spoke fluent English and was a wealth of knowledge of both Ephesus and of the local area. We were suprised on the way back with a complementary lunch and presentation on how Turkish carpets are made. -- an opportunity to buy yes, but absolutely no sales pressure. You cant go wrong choosing this tour.
star-5
One of the best tours I have done...
MRAS_H
, Feb 2018
One of the best tours I have done with our own private guide and a large mini bus to takeus on the trip. Ephesus was outstanding and the visit to the hill top village was well worth the drive. We did go to a government sponsored carpet factory traniing women in weaving. We could have missed it out but at least there was no hard selling. There was only my daughter and myself on the excursion. Well worth the money and a delight.
star-5
Our guide were amazing. Great place to...
robynsmith2810
, Oct 2017
Our guide were amazing. Great place to visit. We enjoyed this more than Pompeii.
star-4
Fantastic tour guide Char who had...
Lynne_P
, Nov 2016
Fantastic tour guide Char who had immense knowledge. Ephesus was much larger site than expected and well worth the visit.
star-5
Great tour, excellent and knowing...
Lene Collatz L
, Sep 2016
Great tour, excellent and knowing guide. Can only be recommended
star-5
No visit to Kusadasi should be made...
Br T
, Sep 2016
No visit to Kusadasi should be made without a visit to Ephesus. We were fortunate to have a guide to ourselves and Begu provided an excellent tour . His knowledge was first class and he also provided us with general information about the sites which we would not have come across otherwise. If I had planned a tour for myself , I would not include the visit to Rug factory.
star-5
Fantastic. Great guide. Ephesus is a...
James D
, Jun 2016
Fantastic. Great guide. Ephesus is a must in any bodies travels.
star-5
Our tour guide, Serdar Karakas of...
Peter K
, Jun 2016
Our tour guide, Serdar Karakas of Fez Travel, was most excellent. Very knowledgeable and highly educated, giving us biblical side notes about Ephesus as a bonus. Very patient with our 8 and 11 year old boys. We never felt pressured for time. He took us to his friend's restaurant for a kebab lunch, very delicious. We also went to the quaint village of Sirince for shopping. Tour van was air conditioned and very nice. Driver was nice too. Very relaxed tour. Would do it again in a heart beat.
star-5
Amazing!!! Picked up on the dock by...
Kamal_R
, Jun 2016
Amazing!!! Picked up on the dock by Metin sorry if I miss spelled. Wonderful man. Extremely knowledgeable and fun! We drove through Kusadasi first to get an overview of the city and onto Ephesus. Truely amazing! So hard to believe the building that was done so long ago. Stunning. It was our favorite ruin. Just in awe the entire time. It started pouring, I mean pouring rain so we waited until it stopped and continued. No hurry, which was very nice. Metin was very easy going and fun to tour with. He took us to a leather factory, my niece bought a jacket, beautiful. Went to the Temple of Artemis, not much left there but was amazing at one time. Back to Kusadasi. We were asked if we wanted to extend the tour longer and have dinner in town but some of our tour party declined. Would have loved to! What an adventure! Thank you Metin, we had an amazing time!
star-5
Really enjoyed this trip six of us...
Diane M
, Dec 2015
Really enjoyed this trip six of us ,guide was very informative took us to Mary's house ,food was great .enjoyed this trip very much .
star-5
It was amazing! Tour guide was great...
Judy F
, Dec 2015
It was amazing! Tour guide was great! So informative and friendly. Very knowledgeable.
star-5
We have a wonderful day. I would...
Kevin Irene
, Nov 2015
We have a wonderful day. I would highly recommend this tour. It is much better than using the shore excursion from the ship. Our tour guide was very good and easy to meet when getting off the ship. Viator is great and we will continue to use them for booking excusions. We did go to a carpet demonstration here I guess they take everyone we had no interest to buy one. It was very interesting - did not feel pressure to buy one. The carpets are beautiful but very expensive. The town of Sirince was great to visit - lots of shops and restaurants.
star-5
Great tour. Great guide. very...
kathy o
, Nov 2015
Great tour. Great guide. very informative. enjoyed every minute. Detail amazing. Felt very comfortable and safe with driver and guide. Highly recommend.
star-5
We were met off our cruise ship by...
Paul E
, Nov 2015
We were met off our cruise ship by the guide, who took us to Ephesus and other places of interest including a small Turkish market town up in the hills where we tasted lots of local products, our guide was very Knowlegable and gave us a really good insight into ancient living, all in all this was a tour worth going on, thank you.
star-4
A great day out with an informative...
J M L
, Oct 2015
A great day out with an informative guide. We saw so much and yet didn't feel rushed.
star-1
Tour of Ephesus was good, but our...
larry v
, Oct 2015
Tour of Ephesus was good, but our tour guide then wasted the rest of the tour on visiting local vendors trying to sell us rugs, candy, and cheap items you see at the airport. I do not recommend this tour, stay away unless you want to spend your time and money on worthless stuff
star-5
Our guide was very knowledgable of...
Cheryl S
, Oct 2015
Our guide was very knowledgable of the history of the area and of Ephesus. We enjoyed the tour and were able to see all of our expected sites in Turkey.
star-5
The only way to go.... one driver...
John J
, Oct 2015
The only way to go.... one driver, one guide and two clients. The best way to find out about the entire region and its history. Tour guide was very informative and well versed. Would not hesitate to recommend this tour.

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